The owner of the Al-Yala Tower, the headquarters of several international media outlets in the Gaza Strip, the destruction of which in an Israeli bombardment has become one of the most prominent images in the campaign of attacks between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, has filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court (ICC).
In the complaint, the owner, Jawad Mehdi, assured that the May 15 attack that devastated the Jala Tower, which houses the offices of the Associated Press (AP) and Al Jazeera television, was a “war crime” be to the letter from his lawyer, Gilles Devers, who was picked up by Israeli Channel 13.
After submitting the complaint, Devers reiterated that Israel could not demonstrate any “military target” in the attack. “We have heard many times that this tower was destroyed because there was a team or armed resistance group in place. This is something that we completely deny after investigating the case,” said Devers.
According to the lawyer, “international law provides that civil property can only be damaged if it is used for military purposes, and it was not.” That is why we are sentencing him in this court today, “he added in the note, which in turn was collected by the official Russian news agency Sputnik.
Israel has alleged that Hamas military intelligence units and weapons development efforts were operating in the building. The destruction did not result in any deaths or injuries, which were to be regretted as the Israeli army had announced the attack in advance.